There’s been a sort of noticeable calm about the prospect of The Dark Knight Rises being the last time Christopher Nolan will tackle Batman. Christian Bale has already stated that he’s done professionally with the character, and Nolan has made it clear that he is too. However, there’s no uproar from fans, meaning that maybe everyone from both sides of the production are realizing that too much of a good thing can ruin the fun.

Maybe it’s because movie fans have been burned by quadquels and quintquels and sexquels, or maybe by the reboots and part twos that come two decades too late, or maybe because we want to see original material from Nolan. Whatever the reason, there’s more than a natural acceptance of Nolan calling it quits after three.

In a recent interview with EW, the director stated that he’s done after Rises, and that the film will most definitely not include The Joker in any form. No CGI Ledger, no new actor, no seance. These two facts are encouraging on many levels. Nolan has greater work to do outside of Gotham, and there’s no reason to electronically bring Ledger or the character back for another curtain call.

It seems that finally someone in the big Hollywood game has realized when to go out on top. Now, it’s just a matter of making sure that the Dark Knight rises to it.


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